Five flyovers or an elevated road seems to be the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) solution to the traffic woes on the link road between Andheri and Borivli.
While the three consultants appointed to study the project have approved the proposal to build the flyovers, they are exploring if a 13-km elevated road, instead of the flyovers, would be feasible along the stretch.
According to civic officials, the estimated cost of the construction of the flyovers is Rs300 crore. The cost of the elevated road will be obtained after the study is completed.
The plan is to construct flyovers at the intersections at Bangur Nagar in Goregaon, Chincholi Bunder in Malad, at Mith Chowky, on MG Road and near Don Bosco School at Borivli.
“The junctions witness heavy traffic during peak hours, which needs to be eased. If implemented, the project could cut the travel time by at least 20 minutes,” said SO Kori, chief engineer, bridges department.
“The feasibility reports for the five flyovers have been submitted and the plan can be implemented at the earliest. However, we want to explore the option of an elevated road,” said a senior civic official, on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
A traffic mobility consultant has been appointed to study the elevated road proposal, who is expected to submit the report in two months.
“Although it has its own advantage, the elevated road will not allow commuters to land at any junction midway. Also, the cost of the project will be higher than the flyovers,” the official said.
“We will take up the construction of one or two flyovers at a time. The consultants are also studying if starting work on all flyovers without affecting the traffic movement is possible. The traffic regulation problem at JVPD scheme area, too, will be addressed by the MMRDA,” said Kori.
BK Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police (traffic), said, “Construction of flyovers will surely improve the traffic condition along the stretch.”